My association with flying in an aircraft goes way back to when I was in the 2nd grade. It was the first time I actually got to know what a plane was and what it felt like to fly like a bird. I still remember the excitement I had just looking down at the ground when the plane took off and when it was finally in air. But the most enjoyable moment during all my air travel was watching the different shapes and colours of the clouds. I would often stretch and place my hand on the window as if I was about to seize and pack them in my pocket for my mother who would be ardently waiting at the airport.
After years of wanting to capture clouds, I finally got lucky. I found myself at the right place at the right time with the much needed equipment to lock the unfolding colours in the late evening somewhere between the Chennai and Bangalore sky.
At first when the flight took off, everything seemed perfect – a clear sky with patches of clouds which resembled cotton. Soon the sky was overcast with dark clouds and then I realised that we were heading towards a thunderstorm.
This was the first time I saw the sheer beauty of the sky – from the suns rays falling on the clouds in the beginning to the change in colours ranging from shades of blue, yellow-golden yellow, orange and grey, and intermittent lightening at a safe distance which sent shivers to many passengers. While the in-flight crew comforted the anxious and chaotic passengers, I quickly grabbed my basic Cannon D550 18-55mm lens to shoot the live action outside.
Upon nearing our destination, the captain announced that its unsafe to land and we had to revert to Chennai till the conditions were favourable for landing in Bangalore. It was close to 8:00 P.M. and all I could think of was what’s next in store. Few minutes before landing, I looked down to find a city beaming with lights to compete with the stars. The first few shots were a disappointment and after a lot of trial and error I thought of experimenting with low shutter speed to get the ‘zzzz’ lines. Turns out its ok to try because I was happy with end result.